Writing can be assessed in lots of ways – the number of words typed, sentence length, maturity of vocabulary used and frequency of errors.
All are metrics that can be used for assessment purposes, yet, it’s a time consuming and labour-intensive task for teachers.
1. Assess the learning loss
It’s a safe bet that most teachers will be doing some form of online teaching in the new school year. Maybe you’ll do it full-time, maybe it will be some kind of blended model, but this time around you won’t be dropped in it without warning. There will be learning loss from the last school year for sure, but you don’t need to dwell on it.
WriQ is a powerful benchmarking tool that can help you assess that loss and then measure student progress over time, leaving you to focus on progression and improvement.
2. It does the heavy lifting
Perhaps one of the most time-intensive tasks for teachers is marking students’ writing assignments. WriQ is designed to help relieve the heavy load of marking. Technology-assisted marking with WriQ means that spelling, punctuation and grammar errors are highlighted automatically, allowing teachers to simply agree or disagree with the error picked up by WriQ, giving teachers valuable time to reinvest into classroom activities.
3. Intuitive and comparable insights
One of the most unique things about WriQ is that it tracks individual students’ writing progress over time. Giving teachers and school leaders never-before-seen insights into writing progress. Comparisons and insights are scalable too. WriQ allows teachers and leaders to compare scores and progress at class, school or regional level. Additionally, by granting schools the ability to add customised marking schemes to suit school needs, WriQ is perfect for targeted analysis of writing at scale.
4. Close the feedback loop faster than ever before
WriQ’s ability to provide instant feedback to students means that valuable time isn’t wasted waiting to close the feedback loop. Instead, with the WriQ experience, students can complete a writing assignment and be given a wealth of data-rich feedback there and then. The student experience gives each individual learner access to their own mini dashboard – the WriQMeter – where they can track how long they’ve written for, without taking a break or pause – also known as a ‘writing burst’. They can also track their best writing burst of the day, week or month, without ever involving a teacher.
5. Targeting your additional classroom resources
The beauty of having such rich data from WriQ means that teachers and school leaders can base their allocation of additional classroom resources exactly where they’re needed, based on progress tracking. The marking rubrics within the product also allow teachers to benchmark a piece of writing using consistent criteria for marking. This makes it simple to track a student’s progress against their peers. WriQ delivers comparable insights on writing level at a class, school or even regional level to help teachers and leaders justify proof of impact of additional supports and resources.
6. IT Removes subjectivity from marking
Writing assessment can be inconsistent and subjective; give the same piece of writing to 10 teachers and you’ll get 10 very different assessments in return. By enabling technology-assisted marking, WriQ helps to remove the subjectivity from marking a writing assignment. Marking against rubrics and even customised marking schemes ensures writing assessment is consistent across all students. Wrapping up all of the metrics WriQ measures into one single WriQ score gives educators a straightforward and accurate picture of students’ progress at an individual or class level.
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